The Penguins Development Camp concluded earlier this evening with a scrimmage of two 25-minute periods, with a three round shootout following each period. The lower bowl of Consol Energy Center was filled across the way from the team benches, and the players took notice to it.
"It was amazing," Matia Marcantuoni said after the scrimmage. "I was here last year and it was the same type of crowd so I kind of knew what to expect but it was incredible. I was kind of in shock a little bit. Just hearing the horn was surreal. It felt realistic."
There wasn't much scoring in the first period as goaltenders Sean Maguire and Eric Hartzell stole the show. Both were impresssive.
Marcantuoni broke the scoreless tie when he took a nice cross-ice feed from Derrick Pouliot and blasted a snapshot to the top shelf to give Team Black a 1-0 lead. Scott Wilson later answered for Team White on a penalty shot goal late in the first period.
First period standouts included forwards Troy Josephs and Adam Payerl and defensemen Olli Maatta and Derrick Pouliot.
Josephs came off as an energy guy who is a great lead forechecker. He got in behind the defense and created turnovers which led to extended zone time for Team White.
The second period was controlled by Jayson Megna. Megna scored two goals today and added a nice goal in the 2nd shootout as well.
Scoring picked up in the second period as some of the offensive guys started to showcase their talents.
Garnet Hathaway finished off a penalty shot after being clipped up high by Matia Marcantuoni. Carter Rowney came out of the corner with the puck and flung a wrist shot past Tristan Jarry. Then Megna took over.
Megna was able to use his speed to create chances all afternoon and he buried one in the second period to make it a 4-2 game just moments after Bryan Rust broke the 2-2 tie.
"It felt good. It was nice to be able to bury in the scrimmage," Megna said. "Just a good end to a good week, learned a lot this week and had a lot of fun."
"It was fun," Eric Hartzell said of today's scrimmage, noting he should of had that goal (Marcantuoni's goal in the first). "The game was fun. The experience was great. I think ultimately everyone out there had a great time and worked hard."